A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza

A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza
Photo sourced from @fl360aero via Twitter.
James Field - Editor in Chief 2 Min Read
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Yesterday, a Lufthansa Airbus A321 burst a number of tyres in Ibiza, Spain, which caused the temporary closure of the airport. Let’s take a closer look at this.

Incident: Lufthansa Burst Tyre Incident in Ibiza…


A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza
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LH1466 was a routine flight between Frankfurt and Ibiza, which was operated by D-AIRU, one of Lufthansa’s Airbus A321s.

As per data from Planespotters.net, D-AIRU is a 26.2 year old airframe that was delivered to the German carrier back in July 1997.

The aircraft is capable of carrying 205 passengers in an all-economy layout, meaning that is the maximum number of passengers that would have been onboard this flight to Ibiza.

LH1466 landed into the Spanish island at 1504 local time on September 16, when a number of its tyres burst on landing and became disabled around 2,300 meters down the runway, as per The Aviation Herald.

As a result, the airport had to close, resulting in several diversions whilst the emergency was tended to and subsequently cleared off the runway.

Scenes from the Incident…


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Below are pictures from the scene of the incident, of which emergency crews met the aircraft after the incident took place on the runway at Ibiza.

A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza
Photo sourced from @fl360aero via Twitter.
A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza
Photo sourced from @VadeAviones on Twitter.
A Closer Look at the Lufthansa Incident in Ibiza
Photo sourced from @VadeAviones on Twitter.
Photo sourced from @VadeAviones on Twitter.

The images showed the extent of the damage to the tyres on arrival into Ibiza, with work taking place at that time to get replacements installed so then the aircraft could be taken off the runway and operations could resume.

For Lufthansa, this resulted in the subsequent cancellation of the return flight back to Frankfurt, with no updates into when this aircraft will be considered airworthy again.

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